Vintage document notebooks

Vintage cover notebooks with old revenue stamps and documents. We have been experimenting with different kinds of book-binding and materials used in our journals.

Handmade journals

For the love of writing. Fresh new colours in our banana fiber journals. Hand stitched using 100% recycled paper sourced from rural recycling units. The joy of writing on textured and uneven paper is an experience in itself, come try our papers at our store in Kala Ghoda and experience its versatility.

Don’t miss the little birdie in the corner of the picture!

Birds

While I was a child, I would observe sparrows from our veranda, their movements and chirping were naturally synchronised. Parrots in their bright plumage, screeching-by in riotous unison would fascinate me to no end. I would climb the Guava tree in our back yard and find numerous fruits half eaten by them. Then during schooling at Wynberg Allen, my brush with nature and the avian species left an indelible mark that has stayed with me till today. 
Three years ago, I decided to create a range of products with “Birds” as a theme, this was also because of the urban landscape that I lived-in had no space for them. My team researched birds, their habitats, common name, scientific name, field characters, distribution, habits, food, nesting and calling signs. We commissioned an artist to create a limited edition of water colour paintings on birds, these were mounted on framable handmade cards. We then expanded our range with handmade journals, each with textile spines and printed covers. We then went on to create metal bookmarks in the shape of a few birds. Each product comes with a booklet explaining the detailed habitat and characteristics of each bird featured in the range.

Being self taught and having started as a designer with an untrained mind, I always chose subjects and ideas that were close to my heart. I was never one of those that followed trends and forecasts. The road that I chose was less travelled and thats made all the difference.

This range took three years to complete because I couldn’t devote enough time in designing the packaging and information that would go along with it. All said and done, it has now been released and is a must for stationery collectors and bird aficionados.

Vintage newspaper

New soft-bound journals complement our existing range of vintage newspaper stationery. Newspapers have always been an inspiration for us. We will keep looking for innovative ways to use them in our pieces of art. 
This particular lot of newspapers date back to the 1970’s, it was picked-up at an auction by an old library that maintained volumes of newspapers bound together in their entirety. Our craftsmen strategically cut and tear relevant pieces of the newspaper so that the stationery looks aesthetically beautiful. If you look carefully, you can see that all our pencils have text flowing in one direction. Our notecards have torn edges with bamboo woven across the newsprint. Come visit us at Kala Ghoda and take home a story.

Write something today…

Writing is a tool for thinking, expression and encouraging creativity and can be an incredibly useful outlet to clear your mind. Writing helps you stockpile ideas and recover memories.

Warren Buffett has described writing as a key way of refining his thoughts while Richard Branson once said that his most essential possession was a standard-sized school notebook, which he used for regular writing.

At Anand Prakash, we have a vast and creative assortment of notebooks, journals and stationery to help put your words to paper. You can choose from luxurious silk bound journals to the more earthy indigo bound ones; with over fifty different ranges, you will be spoilt for choice. So here’s wishing you happy writing!

National handloom day

Handloom journals

Everyone is calling it #Nationalhandloomday so here are my two cents. For a self-taught person like me the definition is simple; handloom is a manually operated loom.

My relationship with handloom started in bazaars where I took notice of these fabrics being sold by weavers. I talked to them and my interest grew, I bought a few yards here and there and started experimenting. I read about the various techniques and styles – the subject is so vast that I am still learning.

Handloom fabrics are of one of the many materials that I work with. We have been successful in bringing it into the hands of people who do not use them as dress material. They carry our journals and it records their intimate thoughts, feelings and ideas. It is a constant companion that contains handwritten words matched in beauty with its handloom textile cover. Be it cotton, Indigo dyed cotton, Silk or Ikat fabric; I have done my bit by bringing handloom and its story into the lives of many people across the world. We make thousands of these journals requiring large volumes of fabric. I source these fabrics from across the country, often buying from village cooperatives and organisations that are keeping the process alive.

I was in Benares a few days back and I went to one of the localities that once used to be the hub for handlooms. While passing through its alleys, the only sound I heard was of the mechanised looms, each clatter sounded like the death knell for handlooms. I met a few weavers and heard their story, they earn a pittance and many of them have changed their jobs, some to cart pullers and some have become daily wage labourers.

I noticed something important, the younger generation does not want to do what their forefathers did therefore they are studying with a belief that their life will change. This belief is shattered when they don’t get the requisite jobs, leaving them with an education that does not give them a job and a lack of skills that will not let them get back to what their forefathers did.

In the coming months, I will be working closely with award-winning weavers to bring you handloom fabrics that will go into making products that will be cherished for years to come.

Indigo Shibori Journal


The second edition of our Indigo Shibori journals. Each jute thread is exactly the same size, the bows are identical and the placement exact. By now our craftsmen are so adept with measurements that just a cursory glance is enough to put the string at the right height. All our craftsmen have trained and picked-up skills with us, most of them come from a farming background and a few were landless workers. I trained the initial group many years ago and now it is passed-on from one person to another. It is in the DNA of our organisation. 

Newcomers for many years are given work as per their skills and not as per the organisation’s requirement. After spending years under our older masters, a few of them find their rhythm and unique set of skills. Time is our best filter and the few that remain are the ones that love their work and follow it like a religion. I have no qualms in saying that I am what I am only because of them.

Vintage Newsprint, Circa 1971

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I love the newspaper as much as other people despise it and I read two full editions DSC_0273every single day.

This is my ode to thee!

While traveling I came across an organisation that was discarding old newspapers that were bound in volumes. These vintage newspapers are dated 1971 and have yellowed and aged with time. I aptly thought of creating a new range of handmade journals, boxes and pencils with them. I have some left which I may use on some of my walls.

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Egyptian Hieroglyphs Range – New Products Newsletter

Egyptian Hieroglyphs Range

Anand Prakash presents to you “Egyptian Hieroglyphs ” – a range of limited edition gifts & stationery.

Hieroglyphs have a fascinating story to tell. They are not merely a language but a gateway to understanding an entire civilization. They reflect the world view of the Egyptians and unfold the mysteries of the pharaohs. So what you see and feel transports you to the realm of ancient Egypt.

All products have hieroglyphs with its meaning in English printed at the back. The hieroglyphs have been printed on a specially designed handmade paper that mimics a peeling wall texture. The papers that hold the hieroglyphs have been hand coated and brushed to give it that authentic look. This range has been developed after months of extensive research on hieroglyphs, papers and textures…….. Truly a collectors range.

Only available at our Studio and at Full Circle Bookstore (Khan Market & Greater Kailash I, N Block Market, New Delhi)

Further on we will also be launching the limited edition calendars for 2009 in this range.

Egyptian Cards & Journals

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The hieroglyphs have been printed on a specially designed handmade paper that mimics a peeling wall texture. The papers that hold the hieroglyphs have been hand coated and brushed to give it that authentic look. (View Picture below)

Handmade Card

Handmade Card

Handmade Greeting Cards

The cards were hand coated and brushed in brown, then the specially designed paper with the peeling texture and the hieroglyphs was placed over them. Comes in four different hieroglyphs/designs.

Greeting Card

Greeting Card

Handmade Card

Handmade Card

Notebooks & Journals

Notebooks have ruled pages printed with hieroglyph headers and footers. The covers were first hand coated and brushed in brown, then the hieroglyphs were etched on them by a special process and finally the specially designed paper with the peeling texture and the hieroglyphs was placed over them. Comes with a matching complimentary bookmark with jute fiber.

Handmade Journal

Handmade Journal

Egyptian Journal

Egyptian Journal

Egyptian Art

Egyptian Art

Egyptian Paper

Egyptian Paper

Pencil Box With Three Pencils

Each box contains three pencils. All pencils are covered with handmade paper. The box has a sliding mechanism attached to a jute string for closure.

Egyptian Gifts - Pencil Box

Egyptian Gifts - Pencil Box

Individual Bookmarks

Each bookmark has gone through the same process as mentioned in the notebooks section. It has jute fiber attached with a bead at the top.

They are individually packed and are available in three different hieroglyphs.

Egyptian Paper - Papyrus

Egyptian Paper - Papyrus

Luxe – Creative paper products in brass metal

Anand’z Creation brings to you “Luxe”

“Luxe” is a limited edition of chic and trendy range of stationery, invitations, gift bags, journals, recipe books, gift boxes, letter writing sets, scrapbooks, photoalbums, telephone diaries and business cards.  Each piece is handcrafted from recycled brass metal and is avant garde in its look and feel.  All items can be customized as per your specifications.

Brass Book

Brass Book

The book can be customized into a photo album, scrapbook or a visitors book. The spine is attached with pure leather strips riveted onto the brass plates. Available in antique, mirror and lacquered finish.

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Scrapbooks & Photo Albums in Brass Metal

A range of beautifully handcrafted books to store and highlight your memorable and treasured moments. Each page is individually crafted from the finest recycled handmade paper and raw materials. Pages have a mix of brass motifs, fiber papers, beads, embroidery and hand painted edges.

Brass greeting card with OM Ganesha Card

Brass Greeting Card Dinner invite

Christmas Card Holiday Card

Handmade Card Valentines card

necklace greeting card Brass flower card

Greeting Card Brass Butterfly Card

Handmade Cards

A rare fusion of recycled handmade paper and motifs in brass metal. These simple yet stylish cards are a combination of modern materials with the natural. Each piece is individually stitched or riveted on paper. Over 100+ designs to choose from. The paper used is eco friendly, 100% recycled and handmade.

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Letter writing paper with matching envelopes

A set five envelopes and six letter sheets exquisitely handcrafted from the finest silk and straw pressed handmade paper. Motifs are in pure brass. Papers have edges hand-painted in antique gold.

Brass journal with OM motif Journal by designer Anand Prakash

Handmade journal Brass Journal

Journals, Notebooks & Recipe Books

Handcrafted from recycled handmade paper. Each has a brass motif riveted to the cover. All books have ruled pages and matching bookmarks.

Telephone Diary

Telephone Diaries

A  one of its kind telephone diary. The separator pages are hand-torn and painted in antique gold. The book is bound in a layered format for easy reference.

There are two kinds of books, one with brass lettering and one with printed letters.

Gift Box

Handmade Boxes

Boxes with cardboard backing handcrafted from recycled handmade paper. Each has a brass motif riveted at the top of the lid.

These can be customized and made to order.

Brass Bottle Bag Gift Bag

Paper Bags Gift Bags

Paper Bags

Use our exquisitely handcrafted bags to make gifting a unique affair. Designs are made in limited numbers to maintain their exclusivity. They come in four sizes; small, medium, large and bottle. All bags are made from metallic and silk-pressed recycled handmade paper.